Do Catholics beleive they go straight to Heaven when they die?


#1

Hello, I have a friend who is also Catholic and she insists that we ( Catholic’s) do not believe that we go to Heaven or Hell when we die but rather to a “holding area” where we are waiting for Armageddon. I was raised Catholic and also went to parochial school and have never heard this before.


#2

Dear friend,

What your friend told you is NOT Catholic teaching. There is, of course, the possibility of purgatory before heaven. But some people do go directly to heaven--certainly as in the case of martyrs. Our Lord told the 'good thief' the he would be in heaven that day (Luke 23:43).

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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